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Important information for TTY users

By Lisa Ekman  |  November 18, 2015

As you may recall from my September 1 blog, AAPD submitted comments to support a waiver request submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by AT&T. The waiver, which was granted by the FCC on October 6, provides a temporary waiver through December 31, 2017 (or until new accessibility rules are promulgated, whichever comes first) of FCC rules requiring support for “text telephony (TTY) technology” in cases where AT&T’s services are offered over a wireless Internet Protocol (IP) network. Learn More »

Celebrating the Life of Amber Buckley-Shaklee

By AAPD  |  November 9, 2015

AAPD joins the disability rights community in celebrating the life of Amber Buckley-Shaklee, a dedicated advocate and former AAPD Summer Intern. Amber was a part of the AAPD Washington, DC Summer Internship Program in 2011. Learn More »

Congress Passes Two-Year Budget Deal Staving Off Cuts to People with Disabilities

By Lisa Ekman  |  October 31, 2015

The Senate voted 64-35 to pass a two year budget deal, called the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, in the wee hours of Friday morning to send the deal to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The House passed the bill earlier this week. The deal included a number of provisions that are good for the country and for people with disabilities. Learn More »

The Arc Wants to Hear about Your Experience Applying for Jobs Online

By The Arc  |  October 22, 2015

Over 85% of individuals with I/DD are unemployed and rely solely on family and/or government supports to get by. The lack of employment options for people with I/DD reduces opportunities for them to interact with their peers in an integrated setting and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with I/DD are not productive members of their communities. The Arc works in a myriad of ways to improve the employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD to ensure they are able to lead independent, meaningful lives in the community in competitively paid jobs. Learn More »

DOL Home Care Rule

By Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law  |  October 1, 2015

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld last month a Department of Labor DOL regulation governing home care services for people with disabilities and seniors. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes action, which legal scholars believe is unlikely, the home care rule will become effective in mid-October. Learn More »

Don't Mourn...Organize, Register and Vote!

By AAPD Press Team  |  September 23, 2015

Onward to November 8, 2016 Make the DISABILITY VOTE Count! Learn More »

AAPD Applauds the Release of Affordable Care Act Anti-Discrimination Draft Regulations

By Lisa Ekman  |  September 15, 2015

AAPD was very pleased to see a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published on September 8 proposing regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities. AAPD staff attended a briefing on the proposed regulations held by the Office of Civil Rights at HHS on September 10th. Although we are still reviewing the draft, it appears the proposed regulations would provide significant protection for people with disabilities who experience discrimination in the healthcare context. Learn More »

AAPD Supports Updating FCC Rules to Bring Telecommunications Accessibility into the 21st Century

By Lisa Ekman  |  September 1, 2015

AAPD submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday 8/24 in support of two petitions submitted to the FCC by AT&T related to updating its regulations regarding access to telecommunications for people who are deaf or hard of hearing or have a speech impairment. Learn More »

IoT Innovations Offer Essential Benefits for People with Disabilities

By AAPD  |  August 17, 2015

Earlier this year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 25. When it was enacted, this revolutionary legislation transformed the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities. Today, Internet-connected devices offer a similar potential to transform quality of life for many folks, particularly for people with disabilities. These innovations are ushering in a new societal revolution, one in which anything (and everything) can be connected. Learn More »

World of an Intern

By Alyssa Lyon  |  August 10, 2015

It is the final week of my internship at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). I applied for the internship because I wanted to advocate for disabled individuals and improve the system, specifically the implementation of laws that currently exist. There continues to be a lack of understanding in educational institutions and in the workforce. In both school and work settings, individuals with disabilities are not always accepted fully and frequently are not granted the accommodations they need to succeed. Learn More »

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